In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident”, but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation.

Israeli court: U.S. activist Rachel Corrie’s death was an accident

Family of Corrie, who was crushed by an IDF bulldozer during a pro-Palestinian protest in Gaza in 2003, filed lawsuit in Haifa accusing Israel of intentionally killing their 23-year-old daughter.

By Jack Khoury and Reuters
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U.S. activist Rachel Corrie, who died in 2003 in Gaza after being crushed by an IDF bulldozer. Photo by AP

The Haifa District Court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.

Corrie’s family had accused Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter, launching a civil case in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after a military investigation had cleared the army of wrong-doing.

In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident”, but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation.

At the time of her death, during a Palestinian uprising, Corrie was protesting against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

“I reject the suit,” the judge said. “There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”

He added that the soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site. “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.”

Corrie’s death made her a symbol of the uprising, and while her family battled through the courts to establish who was responsible for her killing, her story was dramatized on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book “Let Me Stand Alone.”

“I am hurt,” Corrie’s mother, Cindy, told reporters after the verdict was read.
Corrie came from Olympic, Washington and was a volunteer with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.

Senior U.S. officials criticized the original military investigation into the case, saying it had been neither thorough nor credible. But the judge said the inquiry had been appropriate and pinned no blame on the army.


Rachel Corrie’s family outside the Haifa District Court.   Photo by Abdullah Shama
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  1. Redpossum said,

    August 28, 2012 at 16:54

    Mark Regev is such a snake. As much as I loathe the man, I have to admit that he is an incredibly smooth operator. He emphasizes the testimony that the *driver* could not see her, but glosses over the issue of her being clearly visible to the *observers* riding on the bulldozer.

    When challenged on the low rate of conviction of IDF soldiers accused of killing civilians, he asks the interviewer how that compares to the rate of conviction of UK soldiers similarly accused.

    Regev never lets himself be pinned down, he always has another angle, another distraction, another way to put lipstick on the pig.

  2. shaggerlyeb said,

    August 28, 2012 at 17:54

    Soon San Francisco will name a pristine park “The Mark Regev Park.”

  3. Donna Bubb said,

    August 28, 2012 at 18:41

    We American people will never believe that Rachel’s death by hate-filled Israeli occupation forces was anything but deliberate. The judge’s pro IOF
    decision was expected because Zionist Israel never admits its wrongs even
    when its many cruel and brutal actions shout otherwise to the whole world.
    Rachel’s dedication to peace and justice in Palestine and her family’s bravery in demanding justice of a Zionist court for her wrongful death make us proud to that she and they represent the many Americans who seek true peace and
    justice in Palestine.
    We love you Rachel and we will always remember your bravery.
    Viva Palestina!

  4. Blake said,

    August 28, 2012 at 19:42

    So obviously a whitewash. However her death is not in vain and her memory will live on.

  5. ladybat2 said,

    August 28, 2012 at 22:10

    What makes me so sick is Rachel has not been mentioned at all by any main stream news net work in the US. Or at least none that I saw any way.
    Just imagine had it been an American run over on purpose by an Arab. And the parents were suing the Arab government over it. That would have been all over every main stream news network in the US. But because it was an ISRAELI who purposely ran down an American citizen that American citizen was not even worth mentioning.

  6. zon said,

    August 29, 2012 at 22:00

    it isn’t even making some of the alternative press. I haven’t seen a thing about this on many of the left and liberal news sites. and given that they are bleeding out their followers for much of their reporting they need to start actually acting for real issues of injustices in the world.

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